Labor Day


Reitman puts a roof on the house

The first 20 minutes of Jason Reitman’s film have all the makings of suspenseful drama: an escaped prisoner (Josh Brolin) hides out in the home of single mum Adele (Kate Winslet) and her young son (Gattlin Griffith). The rest, however, is an unintentionally hilarious, yet humourless melodrama in which Brolin’s murderer manages to win Adele’s heart in one day by clearing out the gutters and baking a pie.

Coming from the director of Juno and Young Adult, it feels like an anomaly; Reitman treats the baffling premise with utmost sincerity but struggles to bring any real romantic heat. Good, detailed chat-track, mind.

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